Development Associate, School of Foreign Service (SFS) - Office of Advancement

Washington D.C
May 21, 2019
Jul 03, 2019
Full Time
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The Office of Advancement supports the mission of Georgetown University, its faculty, and students by developing relationships with key constituencies, connecting with alumni, and working with donors to help them know and understand opportunities for partnership with the university. The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown's Washington, D.C., and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education grounded in both theory and practice while instilling the Jesuit values of service.

The Development Associate plays a key role within the School of Foreign Service (SFS) Development team and at the Office of Advancement as a self-directed officer. S/he works closely with front-line development officers, in a partnership aimed at growing talent and building a pipeline for front-line development officers who are interested in making their careers at Georgetown and ensuring the relevant frontline fundraisers get both the high level administrative and strategic support they need to properly maintain an outward focus on building relationships and closing gifts. Reporting directly to the Director of Development in the School of Foreign Service, the Development Associate has additional duties that include but are not limited to:

Prospect Research and Analysis
  • Applies prospect identification, research, and relationship management methodologies to support Advancement goals.
  • Utilizes research resources including libraries, electronic databases, proprietary information resources, and data available on the Web.
  • Evaluates financial assets and known liabilities to estimate prospect giving potential and applies appropriate capacity ratings, and evaluates gift capacity through standard wealth-assessment formulas.

Strategic Portfolio Management
  • Works collaboratively with development office to assess individual prospect portfolio/s.
  • Develops a thorough understanding of the development officer's area/s of fundraising responsibility in order to participate meaningfully in the strategic identification of prospects.
  • Proactively maintains and manages prospect portfolio/s during transition of development staff.

Relationship Management & Communication
  • Communicates effectively with development clients and relays information requests in a timely manner.
  • Exercises clear communication (written and verbal) in representing body of work.
  • Understands information management and database structures, and updates/inputs information in such systems routinely.

Travel Related/Organizational
  • Makes travel arrangements as necessary, coordinating DO travel arrangements with other staff.
  • Processes travel and other reimbursement forms for DO.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Ideally 1-3 years of work experience, preferably in a development/fundraising environment
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively, at times under tight deadlines
  • Strong problem solving abilities with the ability to exercise independent judgment and imitative as appropriate.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to understand and practice a high standard of confidentiality and ethical information collection
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills
  • Strong collaborative and project management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • Desire to contribute to and participate in the mission of Georgetown University

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certification
  • Strong experience with MS Office Suite
  • Broad knowledge of and experience in the use of research materials, including the internet and online informational databases

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